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Standard Varieties of Chickens:

Introduction


There are eighty-seven standard and a large number of promiscuous varieties of chickens raised in this country. The standard varieties are divided as s follows:

  1. American class. - Barred, Buff, Pea-comb Barred, and White Plymouth Rocks; Silver, Golden, White, Buff, and Black Wyandottes; Black, Mottled, and White Javas; American Dominiques, and Jersey Blues.

  2. Asiatic class. - Light and Dark Brahmas; Buff, Partridge, White, and Black Cochins; Black and White Langshans.

  3. Mediterranean class. - Brown, Rose-comb Brown, White, Rosecomb White, Black, Dominique, Buff, and Silver Duckwing Leghorns; Black and White Minorcas; Andalusians and Black Spanish.

  4. Polish class. - White-crested Black, Golden, Silver, White, Bearded Golden, Bearded Silver, Bearded White, and Buff-laced.

  5. Hamburg class. - Golden-spangled, Silver-spangled, Golden-penciled, Silver-penciled, White, and Black Hamburgs; Redcaps; Silver and Golden Campines.

  6. French class. - Houdans, Crevecoeurs, and La Fleche.

  7. English class. - White, Silver Gray, and Colored Dorkings.

  8. Game and Game Bantam class. - Black-breasted Red, Brown Red, Golden Duckwing, Silver Duckwing, Red Pyle, White, Black, and Birchen Games; the same varieties for Game Bantams. Cornish and White Indian Games; Malays and Black Sumatra Games.

  9. Bantam class (other than Game). - Golden and Silver Sebrights; White and Black Rose-comb; Booted White; Buff, Partridge, White, and Black Cochins; Black-tailed, White, and Black Japanese, and White-crested White Polish.

  10. Miscellaneous Class. - Russians, Silkies, Sultans, Frizzles, and Rumpless.

The above ten classes may be subdivided into four general classes as follows:

  1. The general-purpose breeds: The American class.

  2. The meat or table breeds: The Asiatic class.

  3. The egg breeds: The Mediterranean class.

  4. The ornamental breeds: The Polish, Exhibition Games, Miscellaneous, and Bantam classes.

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